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  • Blog Post: TechEd USA 2009 wrap up

    Friday concluded this year’s TechED: North America . We were delighted to have thousands of developers, IT professionals and technology decision makers in attendance, gaining insights into how to make their applications, infrastructures and businesses more innovative and cost effective . Both continue...
  • Blog Post: Two flavors of cloud computing – Public and Private

    Six years ago we announced a multi-year, multi-product vision for the Enterprise which we called Dynamic IT. The principles were simple - virtualization, model driven, services oriented and user centric. Shortly thereafter, we began to conceptualize a services-based offering in the cloud which culminated...
  • Blog Post: Walking the Walk – the Cloud and Standards

    Earlier today, the DMTF announced the creation of the “ Open Standards Cloud Incubator ” group which will specifically focus on developing a set of informational specifications for cloud resource management. This is one of what will probably be a number of important efforts to drive additional value...
  • Blog Post: .NET Services - Cloud Interoperability

    Speaking of standards - I’m thrilled to report that we will release the “M5” (Milestone 5) CTP ( C ommunity T echnology P review – think Beta) for .NET Services (part of the Azure Services Platform) tomorrow! For those who aren’t familiar with this effort, here’s the primer… Almost two years ago, we...
  • Blog Post: Moving beyond the “Manifesto”

    As you might expect, several of us spent most of Thursday and Friday last week in conversations with developers, standards body members and other vendors regarding open standards for cloud computing and how we get there collaboratively. Being in this industry for so many years, I remember a time when...
  • Blog Post: Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability

    Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability From the moment we kicked off our cloud computing effort, openness and interop stood at the forefront. As those who are using it will tell you, the Azure Services Platform is an open and flexible platform that is defined by web addressability...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure and Windows Server - Licensing Model

    Press and blog coverage over the last few weeks spurred several folks to ask questions about our licensing model for cloud technology - specifically Windows Azure. I posted a blog last week which covered a variety of topics related to Azure (Microsoft’s Cloud Services Platform). It’s clear from the...
  • Blog Post: Web Computing - Premsises, Hosting and Cloud

    I had the privilege of talking to a number of customers, members of the community and reporters last week about our web / cloud technologies. In those conversations, a few things became clear. First, there is a ton of interest (in general) about cloud computing with folks wanting to understand what it...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Annual SOA and BP conference - SOA meets Cloud

    Today we wrapped up the 6 th annual SOA and BP conference here in Redmond. This was the 14 th stop on the tour which continues around the world thru April. Yesterday, I had the privilege of delivering the keynote to kick off the conference and took that opportunity to talk about both the last few weeks...
  • Blog Post: Ring in the New Year with the SOA & Business Process Conference – goes great with Eggnog…

    We had our first real snow last week which means that ski season is finally upon us and everyone in Seattle must relearn how to drive in slightly awkward conditions (again). This is a great time of year as work tends to slow a bit, winter sports heat up and you can still log plenty of miles on the bike...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Developer 2008

    I had the pleasure of being in Barcelona this week for the TechEd Developer conference. Highlights – getting to talk to several hundred developers about WF / WCF / Dublin / Oslo . Lowlights – it’s Barcelona, what could be a lowlight? TechEd capped off the most interesting 8 weeks I’ve ever had in software...
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 2 – "M" Under OSP, "Lap Around Oslo" & More Services

    Day 2 of PDC started off with another fantastic keynote address, thanks to Ray Ozzie, Steve Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie, and David Treadwell. They gave some additional details about Windows 7 as a platform for developers, and then passed the torch to Chris Anderson and Don Box for a live coding session....
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 1 – Azure Services Platform, CTP availability and much more!

    Well, we’re finally here, on the ground in LA at PDC. After months of speculation, chatter and building curiosity about Microsoft’s next move in the cloud space, we’ve officially gone on record with the details. It’s always interesting to take a quick look back at what’s been said up to this point; I...
  • Blog Post: Video Clip on Convergence - SaaS, SOA, Virtualization, Modeling

    As I have written previously, convergence is a major theme in distributed computing. Darryl Taft (eWeek) recently wrote an article on the topic which was followed up by an article by Loraine Lawson (IT Business Edge). At Tech Ed, I did a quick video to talk about convergence and what it will mean for...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Services “R12” Release – Workflow

    Drum roll please….for those of you are as interested in the advent of cloud services, this is big. Today, we released BizTalk Services “R12” Community Technology Preview (CTP). Just as a refresher : “BizTalk Services” is the code-name for an incubation for our SOA platform-in-the-cloud offering from...
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